SUAACT coverage 20210313

SUAACT coverage

This week is the first round of Finals for ACT local leagues.  SUAACT will cover every finals game this weekend.  SUAACT is not covering the "consolation" games.

This means:

  • u8 -- local "game managers" as usual.
  • u10 -- covering the semi-final matches, but not the "consolation" matches.
  • u12 -- covering all matches
  • u14 -- covering the semi-final matches, but not the "consolation" match
  • u17 -- covering all matches
  • Open Women -- covering all matches in all grades
  • Open Men -- covering all matches in all grades, including C grade round games

Rules for this week

Match length

  • u8 & consolation matches -- no change.
  • u10 -- instead of a hard stop on 60 minutes, finish the inning in progress until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.
  • u12 & u14s -- finish the inning in progress at 70 minutes until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.
  • u17s -- finish the inning in progress at 80 minutes until a winner is found.  if the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.
  • Women's E, D, C grade -- finish the inning in progress at 80 minutes until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.
  • Women's Premier League -- rulebook rules.
  • Men's C grade -- no change this week.
  • Men's B, A grade -- rulebook rules.

Tie-breaker innings

  • The player scheduled to bat ninth in a tie-breaker inning will start the inning at 2nd base as a runner.

A word on timing

The Competitions expect that some games will run well over time because of the need to find a winner in each finals game.  This may cause your game to start late, either because a diamond or the umpires are unavailable.  Be prepared to be flexible.

Participant conduct

The finals series is always an exciting and passionate time, representing the culmination of an entire season's worth of hard work and grit from you and your team-mates.  That's great!  Everybody loves finals!

Of course, it's not uncommon for excitement and passion to be twisted into poor sportsmanship.  Softball ACT's zero-tolerance policy on player behaviour remains in place even for finals, as does SUAACT's trainee umpires policy.  Please remember to behave appropriately, and in particular, not to approach or address green-shirt umpires.

If you have an issue with a green-shirt, you can approach their blue-shirt partner (if available) or one of our senior members to discuss your concerns.  Do not expect that your wish to express yourself will ever override the safety of our members.




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